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The Lost Supper: Revisiting Passover and the Origins of the Eucharist
Colvin, Matthew

Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2019 pp. xiii + 173. $90.00

Description: What did Jesus intend when he spoke the words, ďThis is my bodyĒ? The Lost Supper argues that Jesusí words and actions at the Last Supper presupposed an already existing Passover ritual in which the messiah was represented by a piece of bread: Jesus was not instituting new symbolism but using an existing symbol to speak about himself. Drawing on both second temple and early Rabbinic sources, Matthew Colvin places Jesusí words in the Upper Room within the context of historically attested Jewish thought about Passover. The result is a new perspective on the Eucharist: a credible first-century Jewish way of thinking about the Last Supper and Lordís Supperó and a sacramentology that is also at work in the letters of the apostle Paul. Such a perspective gives us the historical standpoint to correct Christian assumptions, past and present, about how the Eucharist works and how we ought to celebrate it.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Jesus

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Review by Brant Pitre
Published 9/24/2020
Citation: Brant Pitre, review of Matthew Colvin, The Lost Supper: Revisiting Passover and the Origins of the Eucharist, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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